Romantic/Valentine's Day dinner for a crowd?
Does anyone have suggestions for a good valentine's day menu that can be scaled for a crowd of 10-15 (all women)?
I have lots of ideas for desserts, but I'm not sure what appetizers/main courses would be suitable for Valentine's day
i once made a nice cobb salad with poached chicken, hard boiled eggs, bacon, avacado slices,etc. served with bakery croissants and a citrus cup to a few gal friends, with good success. another member of our group served s wonderful cheese souffle with steamed asparagus and bellinnins. delicious!
I'm not sure how you have a "Romantic" dinner for 10-15 women, but I'd love to join and see.
My menu would go with the simple:
Shrimp Scampi over fettuccine with a Fresh Spinach Salad with Roasted Walnuts, with a Raspberry Vinaigrette.
For dessert I'd go with something special like Fresh Strawberry's coated in White Chocolate and shots of chilled Amarretto.
I like steak on V-day, for some reason. If you go that route, I'd probably sear ahead of time and roast in the oven on the night of to desired temp, or do a beef tenderloin. If that's too expensive, I think stuffed chicken breasts or leq quarters would be nice. If you have a fondue set lying around, that would be good for a crowd. I'd probably be inclined to just do dipping, and have the meat cooked ahead.
Funny, I was just writing a blog post on romantic, fancy-but-cheap/easy recipes for Valentine's Day. Mostly for two people, but these are likely easy enough and scalable to 10+ people. On it, I had:
- spaghetti carbonara
- steamed mussels
- roast chicken
- soups like bisques or stews like cassoulet
If you have a lot of time (and a large Dutch oven), what about stuff like coq au vin or braised short ribs? I'll link when my blog post gets published.
A question for katecm regarding the salmon recipe:
Could you substitute another herb for the dill?
I am curious as to what taste the vodka brings to the dish. Is there a substitute for it?
Yes, that's two questions. :<) Sorry.
I am asking because I would like to make it tonight, but have no vodka nor any dill in the house.
Oh no, I hope you're on the west coast so this isn't too late. In terms of substituting the dill, I've used dried if you have it. If not, I bet tarragon would be amazing. Or thyme to make it a bit more wintry? And instead of the vodka, I bet simple dry white wine would still be delicious.
This salmon and capellini with creamy vodka sauce is lovely and totally girly, plus the salmon is a pretty pink. I've made it enough that I have come up with a few short cuts. I've also made it in sections ahead of time and once made it as a salmon steak on top of each bowl of pasta, rather than mixed in, so that might be a bit more elegant. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...